Today is day 190. I’m 10 days away from the big 200 and what a journey this is. Because The Holy Spirit has nudged me, I’ve been making a concerted effort to write my testimony for the last 190 days. I’ve used The Scripture and the hashtag #HashtagMinistry to share with the interwebs how God is moving in my life.
So what is this whole Beyond Baca business, you ask? Psalms 84: 5-6 says, “How blessed is the man who’s strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.”
When I first read the verses, I’ll admit, it didn’t speak to me in the sense that I had some conviction or revelation about the words, I probably didn’t give it a second thought. It wasn’t until later, that I discovered that the valley of Baca meant the valley of weeping.
It must have been something about where I was emotionally and spiritually at that moment when it dawned on me, that brought me back to Psalms 84: 5-6. Most specifically verse 6 that states “Passing through the valley of Baca make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.” Why did this strike me the way it did, when it did?? Because God’s timing is perfect.
Two years ago I was so very lost. Newly separated from my former husband, a new mom with a beautiful 7 month old baby girl, crashing at one of my best friends homes. Feeling rejected, lost, and sincerely afraid; I had no idea what the future held.
Part of me hoped for a reconciliation because I felt like it would be easier to just stop the personal hell, yell “surrender!”, and wave the white flag.
My focus was so misguided.
I was focused on surrendering to my husband. Acquiescing yet again, to the person who I considered to be my source. The truth was, (and still is) I couldn’t go back, I would NOT go back. I had spent so much time praying for direction, discernment, and a miracle I would NOT DARE disobey God now.
He was who I needed to surrender to.
I had no idea that the journey would take this long, but God knows his hardheaded child so well.
He knows the ONLY way I was going to get the lesson and stop repeating the course was for Him to let me get low…so low that my ONLY option was to rely on God as my source.
I can’t even begin to thank Him enough for walking me through every single valley of Baca situation. Even when I was low, He blessed me!
As I pass through the valley of Baca (weeping)…
Wait. One. Minute.
Did you see that??
Pass through…passing, NOT sitting, NOT staying, passing… meaning moving forward through the valley…there is not only life beyond Baca but God will bless you IN THE VALLEY!!!
Yes! (excuse me while I have a praise break for that!!!) *runs around the room*
I know I can’t be the only one. So it’s on my heart to share the testimony God gave me to ultimately give God ALL THE GLORY.
As I share the goodness of Jesus and how He keeps trading my worst for His very best, take a moment to think of how God has done the very same for you.
What valleys have you been passing through? Where can you see God’s hand moving you through the valley? Have you realized that you are only passing through or have you set up shop to sit in the valley of Baca?
God gets all the glory from you sharing the testimony He’s given you.
Here’s to more glory for His Kingdom!
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